Register Now to Join the Public Consultation Process for Enterprise Content Management Standard

By The Content Group, PRNE
Monday, April 11, 2011

GODALMING, England, April 12, 2011 - The public consultation process for the availability of the first ever
Publicly Available Specification (PAS) for Enterprise Content Management
(ECM) ( will formally commence on 18th April
for a four week period, concluding on the 16th May 2011. The Content
Group has been leading the development
programme with the British Standards Institution (BSI) together with the
Steering Group since the original announcement of the PAS in 2007

The aim of this work with BSI is to develop a best practice
standard for ECM and establish a frame of reference for the entire ECM

Once completed, the PAS will provide definitions and a common
understanding of ECM. It will enable benchmarking and ensure consistent,
measurable ECM and will be an important frame of reference for any
organisation involved in an ECM initiative. The PAS is intended to be the
first step moving towards an internationally agreed standard for ECM.

Any organisation or individual that is keen to take part in
the public consultation should contact Bhavisha Patel ( at BSI and register their interest. All those
who register before or during the consultation process will receive full
details and an opportunity to comment.

Ben Richmond, Founder and CEO of The Content Group, is the
lead author and heads up the team involved in producing the standard. The
Content Group led the industry steering group panel which included
organisations from a vast array of interested parties representing; industry
associations and analysts, systems integrators, technology vendors and end
user organisations from the public & private sectors.

Richmond comments, "The ECM industry has been in need of
further definition, standardisation and best practice guidelines for some
time. As the PAS approaches completion, having had the input and involvement
of many of the industry's foremost experts, it is now important that we have
a clearly defined and fully inclusive public consultation. We anticipate that
following the conclusion of the process at the end of May, the BSI will be in
a position to proceed to final output in the Summer."

Richmond adds, "Getting the PAS to this point has been no easy
task and I would like to register my thanks to the BSI and all the members of
the steering group who gave their time to develop the specification to this

Spokespeople from BSI British Standards are available for interview.
Contact Bhavisha Patel at BSI on

About The Content Group

The Content Group - 'It's all about content'

The Content Group (TCG) is the independent content consultancy
and technology provider.

Through understanding content and the opportunity it presents,
TCG enables its clients to drive out cost and wastage, get to market faster
and be more responsive to customers whilst reducing risk and ensuring

TCG works with clients across the globe focused on achieving
better business outcomes through content. If it's about content the world's
leading organisations turn to TCG.

Leveraging its Sphere(TM) content methodology and its Cube(TM)
content lifecycle technology TCG are uniquely positioned to drive value from
content for its clients far beyond traditional approaches.

Sphere(TM) is the best practice content methodology pioneered
by TCG which provides a proven approach for content initiatives agnostic to

Cube(TM) is a technology framework which addresses critical
aspects of the lifecycle stages that content goes through.

TCG's content focused capabilities range from providing
strategic advisory services through to technology enablement. Working across
all aspects of content and majoring around ECM (Enterprise Content
Management) and IG (Information Governance) TCG's clients include: Barclays,
Lloyds, Virgin, IKEA, House of Commons and the NHS.

'It's all about content'

BSI British Standards works with businesses, consumers and government to
represent UK interests and facilitate the production of British, European and
international standards to meet economic and social needs. For further
information please go to

A Publicly Available Specification (PAS) is a sponsored fast-track
standard driven by the needs of the client organization/s and developed
according to guidelines set out by BSI. Key stakeholders are brought together
to collaboratively produce a BSI-endorsed PAS that has all the functionality
of a British Standard for the purposes of creating management systems,
product benchmarks and codes of practice. After two years the PAS is reviewed
and a decision is made as to whether it should be taken forward to become a
formal British Standard.

BSI British Standards is part of BSI Group, a global independent business
services organization that inspires confidence and delivers assurance to
customers with standards-based solutions. Originating as the world's first
national standards body, the Group has over 2,250 staff in more than 50
global offices. The Group's key offerings are:

- the development and sale of private, national and
international standards and supporting information

- second and third-party management systems assessment and

- product testing and certification of services and products

- performance management software solutions

- training services in support of standards implementation and
business best practice.

    For further information, please contact:

    Will Gardiner
    Tel. +44(0)1932-578800

    BSI British Standards

    For media information:
    Bhavisha Patel
    Tel: +44(0)20-89967062


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